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Raglan man admits causing motorcyclist's death

Michael Bruce Hayes leaves the Hamilton District Court today after admitting a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Daniel Aretz at Raglan last year. Photo / Belinda Feek
Michael Bruce Hayes leaves the Hamilton District Court today after admitting a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Daniel Aretz at Raglan last year. Photo / Belinda Feek

A Raglan man has admitted causing the death of a German national after their motorbikes collided last year.

Michael Bruce Hayes, 38, of Raglan, made a brief appearance in the Hamilton District Court today where he pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Daniel Aretz, 37.

The collision happened on a corner of the gravel Makomako Rd, between Kawhia and Raglan, on October 10, last year.

Hayes was in a group of motorcyclists, travelling towards Aretz, when Hayes' bike crossed the centreline.

As he rounded the bend, Aretz saw him, slammed on his brakes and fell off his bike before being ploughed into by Hayes' motorbike.

Others in Hayes' group were also injured, suffering moderate injuries. Aretz died at the scene.

Aretz' family were alerted to his death with help from Interpol and the German consulate.

Through his counsel, Mark Sturm, Hayes admitted the charge.

Sturm said his client was prepared to attend a restorative justice conference with the victim's family.

Aretz was a German national living in Auckland and employed by BM Workshop, an Auckland-based independent BMW repairer.

Hayes was remanded on bail to reappear for sentencing in November.

- NZ Herald

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